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July 21, 2017

McKinstry Kicks Off Energy-Saving Partnership With Arkansas' Sebastian County

McKinstry Kicks Off Energy-Saving Partnership With Arkansas’ Sebastian County

As this July 20 article from Arkansas’ Southwest Times Record notes, McKinstry’s just-announced partnership with Sebastian County could yield “vast” energy savings county-wide.

The article covers McKinstry South Regional Director Michael Grabham’s recent presentation to theSebastian County Quorum Court. As the story notes:

“McKinstry will perform the Investment Grade Audit and Project Proposal to determine the feasibility of entering into an Energy Performance Contract to provide installation and implementation of energy and water saving measures at Sebastian County facilities. If energy and water saving measures are determined to be feasible, and the amount of savings can be reasonably sufficient to cover all costs associated with an EPC project as defined by the county, the parties intend to negotiate an Energy Performance Contract under which McKinstry will design, procure, install, implement, maintain and monitor such energy and water saving measures.

During the presentation, Grabham said according to a preliminary look at county facilities, three buildings make up about 70 percent of what Sebastian County spends on utilities per year. These include the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center at 44 percent, the courts building at 14 percent and the Fort Smith Courthouse at 12 percent. Ben Geren Parks and Recreation also takes up another 12 percent by itself, and 10 other buildings make up the remaining 18 percent.

After breaking down the utility costs of each of the top four facilities, as well as describing facility improvement measures for them, Grabham said the project could potentially result in combined estimated utilities cost savings of more than $340,000 per year for Sebastian County. This would result in an about 40 percent reduction from what the county currently spends on utilities per year, which he said was more than $870,000. Grabham also projected an estimated $90,000 a year in operations and maintenance savings per year for the county.”

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